Dr. Kristin Samuelson joined the UCCS Psychology Department in Fall of 2015. She was previously a Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, California, where she served on the core faculty since 2004. She was also a Research Psychologist in the Stress and Health Research Program at the San Francisco VA Medical Center from 2001 to 2015, and continues to maintain collaborations with researchers there following her move to Colorado Springs. Dr. Samuelson earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia in 1998 and completed her internship at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University/Children's Health Council and her postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Child Psychiatry at Stanford University.
Postdoctoral Training, Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia
MEd, Educational Psychology & School Psychology, University of Virginia
BS, Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Areas of Interest
Dr. Samuelson's research and clinical interests are in the area of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), particularly with combat veterans and victims of interpersonal violence. Her research primarily focuses on three areas: 1) neuropsychological functioning in PTSD and TBI and cognitive remediation interventions for PTSD- and TBI-related neurocognitive deficits; 2) web-based training programs in PTSD detection and management for primary care providers and web-based interventions for veterans; and 3) the intergenerational transmission of trauma and how parental PTSD affects parenting and the parent-child relationship. Dr. Samuelson is a reviewer for many journals in the field of trauma and neuropsychology, including Journal of Traumatic Stress, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Child Neuropsychology, Psychological Services, Military Psychology, Journal of Clinical Psychology, and Neuropsychologia. She has served on grant review panels for the Department of Defense and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. She is a co-investigator on multiple grants funded by the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dr. Samuelson teaches undergraduate psychology courses and graduate courses in trauma psychology and clinical psychology.
PSY 4280 Seminar in Abnormal Psychology (Trauma)
PSY 6160 Trauma Psychology I
PSY 6170 Trauma Psychology II
PSY 6630 Clinical Trauma Psychology I
PSY 6740 Clinical Practicum (VHTC)
PSY 6850 Clinical Interviewing and Personality Assessment
Seal, K., Bertenthal, D., Samuelson, K.W., Maguen, S., Kumar, S., & Vasterling, J. (in press). Perceived cognitive impairment in veterans: Implications for traumatic brain injury screening. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.
Samuelson, K.W., Koenig, C., McCamish, N., Choucroun, G., Tarasovsky, G., Bertenthal, D., & Seal, K. (2014). Web-based PTSD training for primary care providers: a pilot study. Psychological Services, 23, 1541-1559.
O'Donovan, A., Chao, L., Paulson, J., Samuelson, K.W., Shigenaga, J.K., Grunfeld, C., Weiner, M., & Neylan, T. (2015). Elevated inflammation is associated with reduced hippocampal volume but not posttraumatic stress disorder status in Gulf War Veterans. Psych neuroendocrinology, 51, 557-566.
Chao, L., Neylan, T., Samuelson, K.W., & Yaffe, K. (2014). Hippocampal volume is inversely related to PTSD duration. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 222, 119-123.
Cohen, B., Neylan, T., Barnes, D., Samuelson, K.W., Li, Y., & Yaffe, K. (2014). PTSD and cognitive function: Findings from the Mind Your Heart Study. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 74, 1063-1070.
Samuelson, K.W., Wilson, C., & Krueger, C. (2012). Relationships between maternal emotion regulation, parenting, and children's executive functioning in families exposed to intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27(17), 3532-50.
Samuelson, K.W. (2011). PTSD and declarative memory functioning: A review. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 13, 346-351.
Cardenas-Nicolson, V., Samuelson, K.W, Lenoci, M., Studholme, C., Neylan, T., Marmar, C., Schuff, N., & Weiner, M. (2011). Changes in brain anatomy during the course of PTSD. Psychiatry Research, 193, 93-100.
Samuelson, K.W., Krueger, C., Burnett, C*, & Wilson, C. (2010). Neuropsychological functioning in children with posttraumatic stress disorder. Child Neuropsychology, 16(2), 119-133.
Samuelson, K.W., Neylan, T., Lenoci, M., Metzler, T., Cardenas, V., Weiner, M., & Marmar, C. (2009). Longitudinal effects of PTSD on memory functioning. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 15, 853-861.
Zucker, T., Samuelson, K.W., Greenberg, M., & Gevirtz, R. (2009). The effects of respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) biofeedback on the symptomatology of posttraumatic stress disorder. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 34, 135-145.
Samuelson, K.W., & Cashman, C. (2008). Effects of intimate partner violence and maternal posttraumatic stress symptoms on children's emotional and behavioral functioning. Journal of Emotional Abuse: Special Issue on Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence, 8 (1/2), 139-153.
Samuelson, K.W., Neylan, T., Metzler, T., Lenoci, M., Rothlind, J., Henn-Haase, C., Choucroun, G., Weiner, M., & Marmar, C. (2006). Neuropsychological functioning in posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol abuse, Neuropsychology, 20, 716-726.
American Psychological Association, Divisions 40, 53, and 56
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Volunteer & Service
Pro bono evaluator for torture survivors seeking political asylum, Physicians for Human Rights
Representative & Recent Service/Leadership Roles
UCCS Psychology Department Associate Director of Clinical Training (2017-present)
Psychologist, State of California